The second FOTD, which just concluded in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, leveraged lessons learned from the first year to curate an unparalleled four day event from March 2 - 5th, 2023 where 160+ leaders gathered at the Cartagena Centro Convenciones and took over the ancient city to celebrate, connect and collaborate.
The event featured a “second line” parade through the streets of Getsamni, an after party at the historic Café Havana, and a pilgrimage to Palenque San Basilio, the first free Black village in the Americas (circa 1603 A.D.). The event also featured a pitch competition for female Afro-Colombian entrepreneurs which was organized by Casa Innovation.
In less than one week, more than 50 women submitted pitch videos and financial reports and ten semi-finalists were selected. Five finalists emerged and were featured on a FOTD panel were honored and awarded differing parts of a 23 thousand dollar cash prize at the closing reception.